Penn Libraries

Johns Hopkins Joins BorrowDirect Library Partnership to Share Resources

BorrowDirect is pleased to announce that Johns Hopkins University has joined the ten partner libraries to engage in resource sharing and other collaborative library projects. BorrowDirect offers faculty, students, and staff at all partner institutions unmediated requesting and expedited delivery of items from a combined collection of over 50 million volumes and an integrated online search and discovery interface. Since its inception in 1999, BorrowDirect has successfully filled almost 2 million user requests with book delivery in 3 – 5 days.

Johns Hopkins University was founded in 1876 and provides information services to over 21,000 graduate and undergraduate students, 7,000 faculty, 10 divisions, and a wide range of academic and research programs. The Johns Hopkins Libraries contain over 4.3 million volumes with collection strengths in German and Romance languages, philosophy, the ancient Near East, biomedical engineering, chemistry, and environmental engineering.

“We were honored to be invited to participate in this consortium,” said Winston Tabb, Sheridan Dean of University Libraries and Museums. “This is an extraordinary opportunity for us to open up the collections of some of the nation’s premier research libraries to our users. At the same time, we are able to share the riches of our own holdings with scholars from the other 10 member schools. This is a truly innovative partnership, which draws on the respective strengths of each institution to enable each of us to better serve our own faculty and students.”

The BorrowDirect resource sharing partnership has expanded to encompass collective collection agreements, joint ebook licensing, collaboration with the Center for Research Libraries, and other innovative initiatives to enhance research and pedagogy across the partnership. “We are all very pleased to have Johns Hopkins University Libraries join the BorrowDirect collective,” said Carton Rogers, Vice Provost & Director of Libraries at the University of Pennsylvania. “Adding Hopkins’ wonderful collections to the mix can only enrich the user experience on each of our campuses. In addition, Hopkins will be a strong partner in driving new initiatives under the BorrowDirect banner.”

BorrowDirect was established as a joint project of three Ivy League libraries and has grown to include Brown University, Columbia University, Cornell University, Dartmouth College, Harvard University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Princeton University, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, Yale University, and now Johns Hopkins University.

More information about BorrowDirect and contact information for partner libraries is available at www.borrowdirect.org.

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